William Albert Rowe Jr., a retired certified public accountant and former longtime Towson resident, died of bladder cancer Wednesday at Talbot Hospice House in Easton. He was 86.
Mr. Rowe was born in Baltimore and raised in Towson. He was a 1938 graduate of Towson High School and earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the Johns Hopkins University in 1943.
Mr. Rowe worked 30 years for the firm of Haskins and Sells, which later became Deloitte & Touche. Among his clients were Glenn L. Martin, founder of the Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River, and the Maryland State Banking Commission, family members said.
He retired in 1973.
He was a former member of the board of the Daily Record Co., publishers of The Daily Record, and volunteered for AARP's tax preparation program in Easton, where he had lived since 1988.
Mr. Rowe was a 72-year member of Towson Presbyterian Church, where he had been a Sunday school teacher, trustee, elder and treasurer. During the 1970s, he had been treasurer of the Baltimore Presbytery.
A tenor, he had been a member of the church choir for many years.
Mr. Rowe played saxophone and clarinet, and had wide-ranging musical interests.
"He liked classical and sacred music, and his musical tastes went from Mozart and Chopin to Willie Nelson," said his wife of 60 years, the former Dorothy Vogel.
He also enjoyed genealogy. He was a member of the Historical Society of the Northern Neck of Virginia, the Huguenot Society of Virginia and the Johns Hopkins Club.
A memorial service was held Saturday in Easton.
Also surviving are a son, William A. Rowe III of Towson; a daughter, Carol Elizabeth Rowe Sanborn of North Hampton, N.H.; a brother, Warren James Rowe of West Ocean City; and two grandsons.